Burning three pine trees takes place every year on 30 June in Thann and attracts between 5,000 and 10,000 visitors.
Based upon the legend of the founding of the town, this semi-pagan, semi-religious festival honours St Thiébaut, the patron saint of Thann and commemorates the links between Thann and Gubbio, its twin town in Italy.
This tradition dates back to the 15th century. Since that time, pilgrims and merchants have descended upon Thann for 4 days of festivities from 30 June to 3 July. The three fir trees, each about 7.80 m high, were installed in front of the North gate of the Collegiate Church. In those days, Place Joffre was a cemetery. It is only since the late 19th century that it has served as the scene for La Crémation.
30 June is a day interspersed with musical, sporting and cultural activities, which closes with the procession of the Saint's statue through the streets and the famous burning of the Three Fir Trees followed by fireworks on the Collegiate Church's grounds.
30 June 2013 from 12:00 to 24:00.
Thann town centre is open only to pedestrians from 12:00 and throughout the afternoon there are free activities, and concerts from 21:30. Vespers at the St. Thiébaut Collegiate Church at around 22:00: torch-lit procession at around 22:30: cortege with the processionnal statue of St Thiébaut – at around 23:00: fireworks from the grounds of the Collegiate Church.
Special programme and information at Thann-Cernay tourist office on +333 89 37 96 20